St. Anne's has a number of choirs which provide music for the cathedral's services.
The Girls Choir
Formed in the autumn of 2012, the girls choir consists of 20 girls aged 11-18 from various schools in Belfast. They sing Choral Evensong on Mondays and Wednesdays and both the Eucharist and Evensong every other Sunday. Already a musically accomplished ensemble, they have broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster, recorded part of a soundtrack for the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, and will tour France in the summer of 2015.
The Boys Choir
A major part of the cathedral's vision for its music department is to once again have a choir of boys to take part in services with the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars. A number of boys have been selected from the cathedral's choir schools, and have been rehearsing on Tuesdays and having singing lessons. They will increasingly take part in the life of the cathedral and, when fully integrated into the service schedule, will have an equal workload to that of the girls choir. At present they sing Choral Evensong on Tuesdays.
The Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars
The choir has a team of singers who provide the alto, tenor and bass parts of the choir. The lay clerks and choral scholars are excellent musicians who sing with the various treble/soprano lines at weekends, and at all the major festivals.
The soprano choir was formed to allow girls who graduate from the main girls choir to continue singing at the cathedral. They are joined by other auditioned singers, and currently undertake many of the duties that the boys choir will have when fully formed. Sopranos in secondary or tertiary education are awarded a scholarship to further their musical studies.
The Girls Junior Choir
The girls junior choir meets on Fridays after school, and the majority of its members are drawn from the cathedral's choir schools. The age-range of this choir is deliberately lower than that of the main girls choir, so as to allow younger girls to take part in the musical life of the cathedral, and to provide training for those who may wish to join the main girls choir when they reach the appropriate age.
Plans are well under way for other choirs to be formed in the near future: These include a boys junior choir for boys who wish to sing in the cathedral but with a less busy schedule than that of the main boys choir.
For information about joining any of the choirs, please contact the Master of the Choristers, David Stevens: firstname.lastname@example.org